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Industry’s Most Comprehensive Suite of ODBC Drivers for 64-Bit Applications Significantly Reduces Development Costs and Simplifies Customer Installations for Immediate Return on Investment


DataDirect Technologies, the leader in data connectivity and mainframe integration and an operating company of Progress Software Corporation (Nasdaq: PRGS), today announced that Initiate Systems Inc., a leading international provider of customer-centric master data management solutions, has standardized on the DataDirect Connect64® for ODBC product to reduce development costs and eliminate data connectivity problems caused by home-grown solutions and changes to native database drivers.

The DataDirect Connect64 for ODBC product is a comprehensive suite of highly scalable ODBC drivers with support for major databases including Oracle, Microsoft SQL Server, DB2, Sybase and Informix. DataDirect Connect64 for ODBC drivers enable developers to take full advantage of the scalability and performance gains of 64-bit applications with equally powerful database connectivity.

Initiate’s customer-centric master data management software and services are used by customers with multiple versions of leading databases running on a variety of platforms including Linux, AIX, Solaris and Windows. To access the ODBC layer, Initiate Systems relied on a variety of proprietary and vendor-supplied ODBC drivers. This approach proved problematic as vendor-supplied drivers changed, causing Initiate to retest and recertify new versions. Furthermore, Initiate customers often had trouble identifying and installing the correct driver, resulting in system downtime and increased support costs. To avoid further loss of valuable development and QA time, Initiate sought a standard solution for ODBC database connectivity.

“DataDirect Technologies’ ODBC drivers provided the technology we needed to replace our old mix of database drivers with a single, consistent solution,” said David Wilkinson, vice president of engineering at Initiate Systems. “This reduced our development costs, simplified customer installations, and eliminated problems caused by database versioning, freeing the development team to concentrate on our core business and meeting the needs of our customers.”

Built on the market-leading technology of its 32-bit predecessor, the DataDirect Connect64 for ODBC product uses the same wire protocol design that eliminates the need for database client libraries — simplifying installation and administration while improving performance. With longstanding technical relationships with major database vendors, DataDirect Technologies is able to maintain a deep understanding of product direction, new features and release schedules, ensuring that its data connectivity products keep with the latest database versions and features — including added support for Oracle 10g R2, Microsoft SQL Server 2005 and Sybase 15.

“DataDirect gives our customers the broadest set of platform, database and chipset support available anywhere,” said John Goodson, vice president of product operations for DataDirect Technologies. “As more software vendors and enterprises look to reap the advantages of 64-bit platforms, DataDirect is there to offer the most sophisticated and best performing architecture for 64-bit data access. Combined with our award winning technical support, this is an unbeatable offering for customers.”


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